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Graph of real house prices in the United Kingdom, adjusted for changes in the ONS’s Retail Price Index. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Good morning. At 0810, house prices are rising again – a clear sign of a turnaround in the property market? At 0750, prescriptions for Ritalin and other performance-enhancing drugs have increased by 56% in five years. And at 0730, there will be protests today, at various railway stations, against higher rail fares. With Evan Davis and Justin Webb.

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A rundown of stories from Tuesday 13 August including programme highlights and comment.

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  • Marko Pubdad All this talk of “good news” because house prices have gone up, is surely only good news if you are selling yours! and even then presumably you have to buy another that has gone up as well! all it does is take the possibility of home ownership further away from people that have had their wages frozen or reduced! in addition it puts even more pressure on the already over inflated and in short supply rented sector! not good news in my book! and just serves to prove just how out of touch these presenters, reporters and politicians are!!
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  • Allan Atkinson never could stomach the Tory alignment of ‘property owning’ and ‘democracy’… and current increases in London owe more than a little to foreigners buying flats off-plan
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  • David Norris I agree that rising property values is not good news. High housing costs is perhaps the principal reason why so many people are in financial difficulties, and it will get worse when eventually interest rates start to rise. We can only hope that the rise will encourage an increase in supply.
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  • Helen Avery Please hurry back, JH; these two are beyond irritating..
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  • Stuart Aylmer When/if the bubble bursts what new liabilities will have to be met by the taxpayer under the mortgage guarantee scheme? Interests rates can rise and prices can fall. Will we be shovelling public money to private speculators again?
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  • Alice Fearns House prices rise when already 30% of the population don’t earn enough to buy – a land grab by companies building up a rental stock, so we are going back to the poverty of Victorian England. Wasn’t the crash caused by a real estate bubble? Sadly, no political party will tackle the real problems because all their financial consultants are making millions out of the poverty of most of the population
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  • Alice Fearns Why does nobody point out that with higher rail fares, the unemployed can’t afford to get to interviews? and no, the companies helping them back to work don’t pay, it would have to come out of their profit margins – another government scam
  • Marcus Carding Agree with most other comments. It’s not higher property prices that the country needs, but more well-built, affordable housing. It’s pretty clear now that the market is not going to provide, so we more than ever need a planned programme of housebuilding by the government. I agree that we should not want to build over anymore of the countryside than we need to, but neither should we fetishise ‘green belt’. With no signs of a slowdown in population growth, we may have to accept that towns will go on encroaching into rural areas. Finding some way of harmonising human habitation more with its environment may be the only long-term solution which does not mean concrete’ing over the landscape.
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  • Rob Kenyon “house prices are rising again – a clear sign of a turnaround in the property market?” No. Just a dose of castor oil working on a patient still addicted to hard-boiled eggs. Don’t build Shards and other billionaire playthings, build homes for people.
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  • Julius Bannister Build houses, pure and simple. Hire British workers to build them. Use British materials perhaps? It is odd that we are often told that we’ll have to build 5 new towns the size of Birmingham over the next few years. Why? Oh yeah, that’s right….
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  • Sandi Dunn Aren’t most of the London flat/house purchasers billionaires domiciled in Singapore China etc buying ‘off plan’ (where our money seems to have ended up thanks to the wonders of global capitalism). They don’t know where next to ‘invest’ their fraudulently gained wealth, so, it seems, ‘buy to let’ is the thing in ‘no rules’ UK – with the bottom line promise that their rent charges eventually will be picked up by British Taxpayers via rent subsidies – even for those working! Otherwise, it seems we are heading for shanty towns in a city ‘donut’, which actually already exists in London environs… known as ‘Shed Bed lettings’) … Osbourne, Brown et al could not have thought of a more stupid system if they’d tried. Who can we vote for next time round is a real problem don’t you think?

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Julian Assange (1) (Photo credit: bbwbryant)

I thought you might like to read an exchange I had on the BBC Radio 4  Today  programme Face Book Page  I had today:

John Kemp Who on earth cares what the rape suspect Assange skulking in his cupboard thinks about anything? Shame on you BBC for leading on this.

Sandi Dunn John Kemp: if you really think Assange committed rape then you are a fool who hasn’t bothered to read all the ins and outs of what went on/goes on between USA and Sweden – the details are all there if you can be bothered to apply yourself….but 3 facts stand out 1) the main accuser of so called rape insisted that the condom used was split deliberately – hence rape in Sweden. However, the condom she handed in as evidence had no ones dna on it after several tests. 2) The respected Women Against Rape wrote to the press laying out their reasons for not believing in the rape story. 3) As all the recent abuse stories show a ‘rapist’ or an abuser is unlikely to have been a ‘one off’ kind of fellow. It follows that A rapist in their 40’s would more likely than not have had some history of abuse. But noone has come out of the wood work with any stories of Assange abusing them – even though there could have been money in telling such a story.

Sandi Dunn Ctnd.. Assange is wanted in USA. It is the reason Manning was tortured and kept illegally on remand way overlegal time limit – they wanted him to break and say that Assange knew who he was and so was ‘guilty’ too as the publisher of the files. They want Assange because he had the where with all to decode the files meaning he could release the evidence against USA in the film ‘Collateral Murder’ which is what pissed of the USA . If Assange goes back to Sweden their Right Wing leaning government will rendition him to USA. I believe Sweden is beholden to USA for lucrative electronic contracts etc etc All this, Snowden too, is an outrage against whistle blowing and the free press. All the top papers published the ‘stolen’ files too so are equally ‘guilty’ are they not?

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Minister for education Gove, should get philosophy and talking about issues on the curriculum for twelve-year olds (as this lad is) in the UK too! And Get British school teachers to show this film to British kids of same age. Teachers in UK rarely talk to kids of this age with respect and wisdom – as equals – as kids would be were they given the chance to voice opinions. UK schooling It is chiefly about the bloody tie and school uniform… and manipulation of the league tables for a few measly GCSEs at end of it all. Either that, or patronising them, OR/and giving detentions etc for ridiculous reasons…. with not much to show for any of it by 16! I mean, after 11 years full-time school they should be able to have opinions and speak as clearly as this 12 year old Egyptian boy at least. I do like his hairstyle…. haha

 

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Really enjoyed this: Russell Brand aka @rustyrockets interviewed by Jon Snow. Warning: contains spirituality http://t.co/bDx7pqKs
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